The Health Corner Vol. 2 – Dynamic Health
In the last article, we defined health as the ability of the body to respond to the stressors or demands that are placed upon it by the environment in order to maintain a healthy state. We spoke of health as being something that is dynamic rather than static; something that is constantly changing and not just staying in the same state. This concept is extremely important to understand because it helps us to respond properly and to have a proper attitude and understanding of health. Health is not something that we have today and lose tomorrow. Health is a continual process which is either improving of deteriorating. I liken health to a bank account. For example, let us say you have a bank account with $10,000.00 in it. If you are not careful with the account, you will continue to make withdrawals on it, thereby depleting what is in that bank account. However, on the other hand, if you are protective of that bank account, you will be continually putting something into it, thereby, building that bank account or growing it.
Health is essentially the same way. Every day we are faced with decisions as to what we eat, what we drink, what we breathe into our bodies, what we think, the physical demands (exercise) that we do or do not make on our bodies, and the rest one gets or fails to get, all of which will either enhance our health or deplete it. This makes health our responsibility. We are either protecting and enhancing it or we are destroying it. Thus, at the end of the road, we are going to suffer from ill health or benefit from good health. The end result is, we are where we are because of the choices we make. Health is not above the principals of nature, and if we violate our bodies, our health suffers with it. So, not only is health the ability of the body to optimally respond to the stressors placed upon it, but it is also a dynamic, responsive, changing system dependent upon the care or lack of care we attend to it. So, when we equate health as simply not having symptoms of illness, we have ignored the whole process that gets us to the symptoms. It is like not seeing the forest for the trees, as the cliché goes.
The purpose of these articles is to help us regain our focus on the principals of health and living to maximize as we age. Taking responsibility because we understand the health process is a huge step in the right direction.
In my next article, we will look at some of the things that are going on which we can take an active part in changing to improve the health process.